No Proof Rome Man Really Saved Woman in Winter Storm Stella
The Rome man who claimed to save a woman during Winter storm Stella may have made the whole thing up.
Jason Jaegers said he found a woman named Hazel, buried in her car in East Utica for 25 hours during Stella. His heroic actions were going to be rewarded with a Citizen Recognition Award. That was until Oneida County Director of Emergency Management Kevin Revere started investigating the story and had more questions than answers.
We can't find anything to substantiate this story, which is very unfortunate since there were several people who helped neighbors and strangers to get through this storm safely
Jaegers claimed an ambulance was called but Revere says there were no calls that came into the 911 center. "We checked recordings and couldn't find anything about a woman trapped in a car needing assistance. There was also no record of any emergency vehicle transporting the woman."
Revere then checked St Elizabeth hospital where Jaegers claimed the woman was taken. "No one named Hazel was admitted to St Elizabeth or any other hospital in the area."
Jaegers posted a video on his Facebook page explaining the rescue with his friend Joe Cappocetta, March 15th which Revere says doesn't match the interview he had with us. "In one he calls her a Minister and in another a Minister's wife. He also claimed the woman was brought to a shelter and given soup before going to hospital. I don't know any ambulance that would take someone to a shelter before the hospital."
"I'm not calling him a liar," say Revere. "But we can't find anything to substantiate this story, which is very unfortunate since there were several people who helped neighbors and strangers to get through this storm safely."
Since hearing about the investigation from Emergency Management Service we reached out to Jaegers who responded to a few questions but then stopped all communications and has since deleted his Facebook page.